Saturday, July 23, 2011

Nathan Knorr in High School

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This is the image of Nathan Knorr as published in his high school yearbook[1]:


His classmates called him Knorrie.

Of Knorrie, the Class Prophecy written by Hannah Ely read this way:

"Nathan Knorr is manager of the Pergola"

Marvin Shilmer
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References

1. Comus, Allentown High School 1923 Yearbook.

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2 comments:

I'm Joe said...

Super. By the way, this is what a pergola is:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%2BPergola&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1600&bih=703&wrapid=tlif131147464101510&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Of course "The Pergola" might also refer to a store or some other business. My guess is Hannah Ely believed he'd be in business, and he was indeed in the business of publishing, distributing and selling religious books.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marvin,

That high school photo of Nathan Homer Knorr was an important find. It would be educational if someone wrote an uncensored biography of the man. Hopefully a little detective work will uncover more interesting tidbits.

Not sure if you were aware of this, but there were rumors that Knorr was homosexual. That’s why some have referred to him as “Nathan Homo Knorr.” Moreover, if Knorr’s classmates called him by the effeminate “Knorrie,” this side of his sexuality may have manifested itself early in his life. It would also be a reason why he would adjust so well to the mostly male institutional life of Bethel.

Back in 2001 I was talking with Maximus, who used to post on JWN. Maximus had been a District Overseer and had served at Bethel in 1950s. He said that Knorr gave instructions to the Bethel boys about how to urinate and to avoid touching the penis. Knorr had some strange obsessions regarding sex that were common knowledge around Bethel at the time. I also heard that Knorr’s wife, Audrey, bragged that their marriage was unconsummated. But why would a man in his prime marry a woman and not have sex with her? Was it a sham marriage like Rock Hudson and Phyllis Gates to hide Hudson’s sexual preference from his fans?

You’ve done excellent work exposing the Watchtower, Marvin. You are a very good detective. Perhaps you can investigate some of the incidents that I’ve mentioned and further expose the hypocrisy and dishonesty of the Watchtower leaders.